Sudan, North Africa
Political Leader: President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir
Once the largest nation in Africa, Sudan is a country of differences. From desert to jungle, from rich to poor, from Arabs to black Africans, from Muslim to Christian, many aspects of the country seem to be polar opposites. The differences created two wars, which cost two million lives. It finally split the country in two in 2011. That year, after decades of vicious fighting, Christians of the south separated from Arab Muslims in the north.
But tensions remain and conflict continues. Disputes of border demarcation and splitting oil wealth divided the former giant even more. In Sudan’s western region of Darfur, where the majority of the remaining non-Arabs live, more than two million people have been driven from their homes. Upwards of 200,000 have been killed in what has been called ethnic cleansing. Child soldiers were made to commit atrocities. The International Criminal Court has indicted president al-Bashir on counts of genocide and war crimes - allegations he has dismissed. He continues to elude arrest.
However, this year long-held sanctions against Sudan were lifted due to progress in counterterrorism cooperation, human rights and other key issues. Yet, the Sudanese continue to suffer. Last year, there was a dramatic rise in the numbers reporting acute hunger in Sudan. Now 3.8 million people are in food crisis, up from 3.5 million half a year earlier.
With Sharia being the law of the land, persecution of Christian believers persists. Crucifixion could result if conversion is discovered. Many Sudanese Christian Believers are now refugees, their pastors arrested, land seized and churches destroyed.
PRAY that government leaders will continue progressing toward protecting their people in Godly ways. Pray that this will include religious freedom (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-2).
PRAY for the Sudanese church and its leaders to stand strong under the pressure from Islamic extremists (The Bible, Psalm 1:1-3).
PRAY that Christians will find opportunities to fellowship with one another, hear the Scriptures, disciple each other, and train their leaders (The Holy Bible, Colossians 1:9-10).
Sudan (CIA World Factbook)
Sudan country profile (BBC)
Sudan (Operation World)
War in Darfur (Wikipedia)
Sudan 2017-2018 (Amnesty)
Sudan (Open Doors)
'Price of conflict is too high': hunger at crisis levels in eight countries (Guardian)
President Omar al-Bashir vows 'war on corruption' to revive Sudan economy (New Indian Express)
U.S. Is Open to Removing Sudan From Terrorism List, Diplomat Says (The New York Times)
Christianity in Sudan (Wikipedia)